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How to Choose Flooring for Your New Home

Author: Anna Preston
by Anna Preston
Posted: Jan 03, 2017

When you are remodelling a new home this is a great opportunity to make an impact with your decor and your choice of floor covering and create a home to be proud of. In past decades the choice for floors has generally centred on carpeting however there is now thankfully a world of different options.


Tiles have previously only been seen as a practical option for kitchens and bathrooms but nowadays the beauty and variation of tile design and colours make them a very attractive option for every room in the house. Indeed, designer tiles from Phillipe Starck impose a real sense of style throughout a home, especially where there is an open plan living space where they can pull together different aspects of the home. Tiles are such a versatile and practical option for the busy modern household because they are hard wearing and very easy to clean.

For example ceramic floor tiles are waterproof so these are an excellent choice for bathroom and kitchen areas. They are also relatively simple to cut and install yourself providing you have a reasonable knowledge of DIY and have the correct tile cutting tools. Ceramic tiles are hard wearing and work well with under floor heating systems.

Porcelain floor tiles are extremely durable and can be slightly more expensive than ceramic tiles but are an excellent choice for high traffic areas. Special care must be taken and a flexible powder adhesive used when installing porcelain tiles. Both types of tiles can be patterned with a colour scheme or a natural stone effect. The variation of design is wide enough to suit any style and any budget.

Wood Flooring

Wooden or wood-effect flooring has been a popular choice for many and is especially in demand among devotees of the trend for all things Scandinavian. A well-laid wood floor is very attractive as well as durable although there is a fair amount of maintenance involved in keeping a wood floor looking as good as new and it is essential to guard against scratches and scuffs. To achieve the best effect a wood floor should ideally be installed by a professional. If you love wood flooring then a wood-effect porcelain tile can give the best of both worlds.


The ever-popular vinyl flooring is a good option especially if budget concerns are high on the agenda. Vinyl comes in roll or tile options and has the advantage of being easy to fit and easy to maintain. Vinyl has traditionally been used in wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens but not for other rooms.


The trend for fitted carpets shows no sign of abating and is perfect for adding warmth and comfort to a bedroom or living room but can take hard work keeping it clean and pristine. Carpet is not really practical for bathrooms and kitchens.

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The author has written and published articles on a wide range of topics including Small Business Advice, Tax and Accounting, Interior Design, House Renovation and Project Management.

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